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Allen Chapel takes a look back at Founder's Day celebration

PLANT CITY - One of the city's oldest churches is celebrating its founding with a concert and a worship service. Women of Grace will kick off the festivities with a concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Allen Chapel AME Church, 1109 E. Laura St. On Feb. 10, the church will hold its annual Founder's Day celebration, with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and a service featuring a special guest speaker at 11 a.m. The theme of the celebration is "Embracing Change is All Good." The church was founded more than 100 years ago and has been at its current location since 1919, said Eddie Mae Mitchell, who is helping organize Founder's Day. Allen Chapel holds the celebration each year to look back on its long history serving the Plant City area, Mitchell said.
The church also pays tribute to its pastor during Founder's Day. Allen Chapel's current pastor is the Rev. Ricky A. Polk, a Plant City native who took the pulpit in late 2011. Polk moved to the church from Unity AME in Seffner, where he preached for six years. "The church has grown tremendously since he got here," Mitchell said. "He (Polk) is very energetic and his sermons are directly from God." Admission to the Feb. 9 concert is $10 donation for adults and $5 for children. Tickets will be available at the door. Advance tickets are available at Pocket Change Beauty Supplies, 1408½ E. Baker St., or by calling Mitchell at (813) 704-5747.

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